Nanoha Design Change Shocks Fans


Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha fans anticipating the recently announced movie have been dealt a blow with the release of materials showing the new character design for Nanoha. As you can see, a dramatic increase in the size of her eyes is evident, which many say are now grotesquely oversize.

They were generously sized to begin with:



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    Comment by Katameido
    17:57 26/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps, the artist(s) somewhat having difficulties in drawing large eyes loli Nanoha after frequently working on her adult form..

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:57 07/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a single drawing ppl. It doesn't say anything about the damn movie. Give us incriminating footage, and then you can bring the house down!

    Comment by Kagomi
    06:02 10/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Compare the first season of Nanoha with his more recent illustrations for Strikers and weep. It’s definitely gone downhill.

    No it hasn't.

    And you won't know anything until you see animated sequences of the actual movie. A trailer at the least.

    Comment by Sakuga Houkai
    18:38 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yasuhiro Okuda has been the character designer for the entire Nanoha series. He also does the majority of the pinup posters for anime magazines namely Megami. Just look for 原画/奥田泰弘 in the corner of the posters to see the ones he illustrated. Compare the first season of Nanoha with his more recent illustrations for Strikers and weep. It's definitely gone downhill.

    Comment by Seph
    14:12 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks great. It's pretty clear Nanoha's eyes are a fault of the artist, and the animation will not look like that. Just look at Fate's eyes for example, they're perfect. And so is everything else about her...but I digress.

    Comment by Nodoka
    16:46 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    What seems to have happened here is that they decreesed the age nanoha looks. Her eyes in general isn't that much bigger, it's the size of her head which is mostly used to indicate that the charackter is younger. Her thin and short arms also indicate this.

    Lolicon anyone?

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    Comment by Keigami
    16:54 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good god... They seem to take up well over half of her face

    Comment by Shob
    04:11 08/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime characters with big eyes? Who would do such a thing?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 06/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That second pic looks like something drawn by Takeuchi, the TYPE-MOON guy

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 31/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    She looks more like a Shoujo-manga character now... I don't care though,because I despise Nanoha anyways (Except for the characters in Magical Battle Arena) because the anime is tad-lame and there's still so much hype about it <__>

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    Comment by Zeta986
    17:55 15/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Magical girl lyrical Nanoha = High quality anime

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 11/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It could just be the shot, 'cause Fate looks normal. Unless Nanoha spends the entire movie with wide-opened determined eyes or somethin, it should be okay.

    Comment by NeoRussia
    09:29 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The one which looks like Type-Moon looks good, but I preferred the original styles, like the ones in As.

    Comment by Ocean
    06:53 10/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nanoha's eyes were always that big.
    Just because it's new ppl have to pick out everything that looks even slightly different.
    In my opinions, not bad, they could've kept Nanoha's bow, though.

    Comment by wait – wut?
    14:07 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wrong, so very wrong...

    It's like...

    um. Ennyone watch (half subbed - half raw) the
    travesty that was Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino?

    It's sort like that - mebbe not QUITE the shocker...
    but still.

    Till I see actuall footage and not a poster, will
    postpone JUDGEMENT!!!!

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    Comment by Persocom-san
    02:09 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like this is going to keep me from enjoying the movie. It's only one picture, and it's not that bad.

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    Comment by metatron
    02:21 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The oversized eyes may be a bit of an overboard but that won't stop me from watching the movie.

    Comment by notaname
    02:21 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whilst it's not exactly an improvement, I'm more worried about them changing Bardiche's VA.

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    Comment by E.J.
    01:46 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    they went *a little* overboard this time...

    Comment by BuggyBY
    01:27 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am shocked and appalled, good sir! The previous look was far better and cuter - this just looks odd. Fate looks pretty decent in that image, though, so there is still hope it was just a goof of some description.

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    Comment by H_R
    00:22 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's with the Clamp style huge eyes and stick figures!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 27/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clamp. HAHAHAHA. Very Funny.
    Not a fan either. Still, shocked.

    Comment by Someone
    01:52 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please don't insult Clamp.

    Comment by nograde
    03:26 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by DemonLordShugo
    10:23 01/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fool, how dare you insult CLAMP!!

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    Comment by DeleteD
    04:14 02/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like CLAMP but the previous original Version way wa better, how could they have not realised?

    *DeleteD is a nickname

    Comment by tokupoku
    02:45 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I should report you for offensive languages towards my religion.

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    09:32 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by H_R
    02:44 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry, didn't mean to insult...
    I'm just (like the title) shocked...

    Comment by natsuneko
    00:41 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    T-M design was good, at least I'm pretty familiar with the Takeuchi style.
    But the last picture is just... lol.

    Comment by kazemizuhi
    01:14 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The bug-eyed anime look was never my style. So here I'm impartial.

    Comment by Zeneva
    02:23 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need more opinions before they decide on designs like that...No matter how you look at it, the eyes are oversized.

    Comment by Miria
    02:30 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    She looks younger than before T.T almost an SD version T.T

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    Comment by AsakuraZero
    06:47 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg they are in drugs! look to the pupils. and comartemis the difference is pretty big enough to notice. there is not need to point it out( and iwatched nanoha S1 and S2 like a year ago dropped S3 because it sucks)

    Comment by Comartemis
    12:21 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then you must be much more taken with the art style than I am Zero, because I would not have noticed the difference if the article hadn't pointed it out to me. Even then, I had to look really closely to be able to tell the difference.

    Anyways, this wouldn't be the first time 7Arcs screwed up on quality control, so let's not hit the panic button until we see actual footage that looks like this instead of one measly little poster.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 14/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you suck. :D

    Comment by Vivio Testarossa
    07:37 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I believe that this is an improvement over the old Nanoha, as big eyes are moe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah and moe conquers everything, genius. orz

    Comment by Coco the Bean
    07:45 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    She looks like a bug. '~'

    Comment by Comartemis
    04:54 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh noes!~ The eyes are too big! This movie's gonna suck because of an insignificant design change that most people will only notice if it's pointed out to them!

    Comment by lolikitsune
    02:51 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is this a problem? There are lots of good shows with painfully large eyes... take Maria-sama ga Miteiru. I'm more worried about Nanoha's shoulders in that picture!

    Comment by Gintoki
    03:19 09/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the new design though. It looks "cleaner".
    I suppose we'll just have to wait and see the actual movie to see if it's any better or worse.

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